Cineworld is delaying the reopening of its cinemas to more than two weeks to 31 July


Cineworld has delayed for more than two weeks the reopening of cinemas in the United Kingdom and the United States following the closure of the coronavirus. The firm will now start to project the movies on the 31st July instead of 10 July, citing adjustments to the timetable of upcoming releases of movies.

He warned: “The re-openings to come, remain subject to the latest clarifications and confirmations on various governmental restrictions COVID-19 “.

The measures of health and safety will include the limited capacity of seats, the rules of social distancing, sanitizing procedures, and contactless payments.

The cinemas in England will be able to accommodate to new customers from 4 July, after the Prime minister Boris Johnson has announced the easing of the lock of the coronavirus.

Cineworld will now re-open its movie theaters to the public on 31 July

The CEO of Cineworld, Mooky Greidinger said: “moviegoers around the world continue to be excited by the strong list of movies to come, including Tenet, Mulan, A Quiet Place, Part II, Unhinged, The Broken Hearts Gallery, Bill & Ted Face the Music, Greenland and the Antebellum as well as a reissue special Inception Christopher Nolan on IMAX.

“Cineworld is eager to welcome these moviegoers in our cinemas next month, and believes that they will again be immersed in the theatrical experience that is timeless they know and love. ”

Extra cleaning, hours of the beginning of the movie shifted, and a focus on the online booking are just some of the measures that the cinemas will be encouraged to implement if they will re-open their doors.

In preparation, the UK Cinema Association (UKCA) has published guidelines for the re-opening in any security of the cinemas, after consultation with the Department of digital media, the culture, media and sport.

The notice, although dependent on any specific restriction to a nation, has been developed to ensure the ongoing safety of the public and staff, said the UKCA.

The guidance includes measures to ensure social distancing in the cinemas, by focusing on the auditoriums, and on improved procedures for cleaning and hygiene.

Customers will be invited to use the contactless payment, to the extent possible, according to the instructions, while online booking will also be encouraged.

Screens in plastic, will be installed to the “contact points” key and movie times will be adjusted to allow for cleaning the auditoriums between the projections and avoid congestion in the corridors.

The guidance is intended to apply to theaters in the building and fixed to the cinemas mobile, said the UKCA, but it does not include the cinemas with direct access, and other projections in the open air.

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Phil Clapp, ceo of the association, said:” [The] The launch represents an important next step in our efforts to offer new experience to the big screen in a public cinema.

“We know from recent surveys that a large part of our audience is eager to return, but they naturally want to know what steps the cinemas will take to ensure their well-being. ”

Showcase Cinemas has announced its re-opening on July 4, while Picturehouse has announced its intention to reopen on July 10.

In Scotland, the theatres may reopen from July 15, said the First minister Nicola Sturgeon.


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